Thursday, May 30, 2013

Howdy from JAM

We are Really JAMMIN!

Hello!  It's been awhile since I sat down and really wrote on my blog! For those of you this may may be your first time reading it. My name is Shauna Jean and I am the founder of JAM.  

I am going to be spending more time on this blog the second half of this year - updating our followers on what we are doing at JAM.  I would like to give you a more personal insight to our artists, our events and our happenings!    I will also start to share more insight of our behind the scenes around the shop.  

Today I would like to re-introduce our fans to Terry Parvan of Winifred Street.  
Earlier this year I asked our artists to send me an updated view into their bio & story.  Here is what Terry had to say!  :)

"Winifred Street is a tree lined street in a small town in southwestern Minnesota where I grew up watching my mom create something out of nothing many times over.  It’s where much of my creative talents were shaped and molded and, more importantly, remembered.  It’s the place where I learned that “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

My high school art teacher, Mr. Jaycox, inspired in me the possibility that I had artistic talent.  He once told me to never stop making art, that I was pretty good.  Of course I stopped making art and went on to decades of doing other meaningful things.  It’s funny how things eventually come full circle in life.

Today, I lean towards mixed media collage and create affirmation art, message art, heART art, quote art, eco-llage, art cards, gift tags, and more.  I like to use acrylic paint, paper, fabric and fiber, inks and color washes, found objects, vintage buttons, whatever I can find.  Most pieces have a vintage feel with colors that are earthy, rich and vibrant.   I like my canvases to have a timeworn, aged look around the edges as if it’s been picked up and lovingly handled for many years.  I never know how anything will turn out but everything has timeworn qualities and I’m always pleasantly surprised with the results.

My mantra in sharing art is to “embrace imperfection” in all that I create.  So you might see a little ding or dent here or a word that’s not quite lined up straight somewhere else.  It’s really all about the message that I’m sending and there is a message within everything I create.  The message is what’s most important.

Every piece is handmade, homemade and heart made.

Every piece is original, unique, one-of-a-kind.

I do some custom work as well and if you’d like to see some of those finished pieces or are interested in a custom creation, please contact me.  I hope you enjoy my work.  I certainly have enjoyed sharing it with you.

Peace, love, art, forever!
Terry Parvan

As you can probably imagine, it has been an amazing journey getting to know the coolest crew around.  People that believe in art, believe in themselves, believe in others, and are looking forward to jammin!  Thank you Terry for being part of our family!  

Pictured above from left to right:  Cecilia of Sew Lita, Alicia of Hot Chick Aprons, 
Me (Shauna Jean of JAM), Adrienne of Friday I'm Sassy, 
Terry Parvan of Winifred Street, 
Leah of Ruby Mae Jewelry, and Traci of The Urban Table.  

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